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Emergence of Camrsa as a Cause of Pneumonia in Otherwise Healthy Children

The emergence of CA-MRSA as a cause of pneumonia in otherwise healthy children (and adults) has now been reported in many parts of the United States (Herold et al., 1998 Gorak et al., 1999 Buckingham et al., 2003 Buckingham et al., 2004 Alfaro et al., 2005 Gonzalez et al., 2005b), adolescents (Alfaro et al., 2005 Gonzalez et al., 2005b) and adults (Gorak et al., 1999 Francis et al., 2005). Pneumonia caused by CA-MRSA has been associated with severe local (pleural effusion, empyema, pneumatocele) and systemic (metastatic foci, toxic shock syndrome, necrotizing fasciiitis, sepsis, Waterhouse-Friedrichsen syndrome) complications. And, unlike the controversy regarding the effects of discordant therapy on the outcome of pneumonia caused by penicillin cefotaxime-resistant pneumococci, there is no doubt that the available beta-lactam antibiotics (including cefotaxime and ceftriaxone) will fail to successfully treat pneumonia and other serious infections caused by CA-MRSA. Thus the impact of...

Mrsa Infection

A combination of 4 tea tree oil nasal ointment and 5 tea tree oil body wash was found to be superior to the standard 2 mupirocin nasal ointment and triclosan body wash used for the eradication of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (Caelli et al 2000). A recent review concluded that tea tree oil was not statistically superior to the standard treatment mupirocin for MSRA (Flaxman & Griffiths 2005). The paper reported on two RCTs (n 30, n 224), both of which demonstrated that tea tree oil was as effective as mupirocin. In the larger trial 224 patients were given either mupirocin 2 nasal ointment, chlorhexidine gluconate 4 soap and silver 2007 Elsevier Australia sulfadiazine 1 cream or tea tree 10 cream and tea tree 5 body wash for five days (Dryden et al 2004). Rates of MRSA clearance were similar 41 in the tea tree group and 49 using standard treatment. Mupirocin was significantly more effective at clearing nasal carriage (78 ) than tea tree cream (47 ) however, tea tree...


Staphylococci are found worldwide in all species of animals and are spread between species, including animal to humans and vice versa. The majority of humans and animals are carriers of staphylococci. Staphylococcus aureus is found with a high prevalence in most colonies of laboratory rodents2 as well as in most humans, while in wild mice, S. aureus is rather uncommon. Other types of Staphylococci common in laboratory rats and mice include S. haemolyticus, S. xylosus, S. sciuri, and S. cohnii.83 The bacteria may be transmitted among hosts in various direct or indirect ways, including passive carriers among animal technicians. Staphylococcal disease in immune-competent animals is mainly secondary, e.g., due to trauma, stress, or the equivalent, and is characterized by pyogenic processes, such as abscesses in bite or surgical wounds, pneumonia in rodents kept in poorly ventilated units, and dermatitis in gerbils kept in too humid bedding. In immune-deficient animals, S. aureus may be a...

Basic Facts About GM Crops

The public has four main concerns that GM crops will create superbugs, super-weeds or reduce biodiversity, but above all, they are worried about the irreversibility of GM crop releases. They are concerned about the environment in general, but are generally not opposed to using genetic engineering in self-contained facilities. They are primarily worried that in the open environment pollen from transgenic crops can pollinate other related plant species and result in unforeseen permanent effects on the environment and biodiversity.

Criteria for selection of cell lines for research purposes

Contamination by bacteria or fungi is generally readily detected by turbidity of the culture medium and causes catastrophic loss of affected cultures. Transient use of antibiotics may be helpful to avoid this in circumstances where contamination is inevitable, as in primary mouse embryonic feeder cultures. However, long-term use of antibiotics is not recommended as this may affect the cells and selects for superbug organisms that are resistant to the antibiotic, leaving no fall back treatment for protection of critical cultures. In certain circumstances, antibiotics may inhibit contaminants without eliminating them thus allowing for their re-emergence in the future. Bacterial and fungal contamination can arise from a variety of sources in the laboratory environment and their exclusion is most effectively achieved using good aseptic technique. However, the most experienced of workers may suffer from occasional contamination and frozen stocks of cells should be tested for contamination...

Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor

More sophisticated studies have modeled the infective complications of chemotherapy. To model culture-positive febrile neutropenic complications of chemotherapy, cyclophosphamide-treated mice were treated with intraperitoneal exogenous G-CSF for 4 d and challenged with bacterial and fungal pathogens (P. aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus aureus, C. albicans) (127). This short G-CSF treatment protected mice from otherwise lethal inoculums of these pathogens, and synergism with antibiotics was demonstrated for P. aeruginosa infections. Another study assessed the effects of exogenous G-CSF and antibiotics in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis-infected mice (128). Cyclophosphamide was administered to induce neutropenia, E. faecalis was inoculated, and then exogenous G-CSF was administered either alone or with antibiotics in various doses. The combination of exogenous G-CSF and antibiotics was more effective at enhancing survival than either antibiotic or exogenous...

A126 Electrospray ionization

Ions are generated by depletion of negative charge or positive ions are depleted to operate in negative ion mode. As the droplet proceeds through the mass spectrometer, it disintegrates through Rayleigh instability and shrinks to a radius of about 10 nm, at which point ions are released from its surface. Evaporated ions are denuded of solvent and subjected to a magnetic field. Some aspects of electrospray mass spectroscopy that deserve mention include corona discharge (representing a flow of current due to the electric field), the suppression of signal by electrolytes, a drop-off of ion-sampling efficiency at low mass, a saturation of ion signal by insufficient droplet charge and potentially different response factors for detection of positive and negative ions. Unlike many other forms of mass spectroscopy, electrospray is concentration sensitive, independent of flow rate. Reflectrons, which are ion focusing devices formed by reflecting ions formed with different kinetic energies from...

Large Polypeptides Are First Cleaved Into Smaller Segments

It usually is necessary to generate several peptides using more than one method of cleavage. This reflects both inconsistency in the spacing of chemically or enzy-matically susceptible cleavage sites and the need for sets of peptides whose sequences overlap so one can infer the sequence of the polypeptide from which they derive (Figure 4-7). Reagents for the chemical or enzymatic cleavage of proteins include cyanogen bromide (CNBr), trypsin, and Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease (Table 4-1). Following cleavage, the resulting peptides are purified by reversed-phase HPLC or occasionally by SDS-PAGE and sequenced.

Emergency Department Treatment

Since over 50 of injuries consist of soft-tissue wounds, wound care after a tornado is a most important topic. Many wounds will be heavily contaminated with dirt, glass, wood, grass, and other foreign matter. As a result, there is a significant concern with infection. Copious irrigation and removal of foreign bodies should be performed. Studies have shown that wound infections in tornado victims are polymicrobial, with the most common organisms including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Serratia, Proteus, and Pseudomonas species. Staphylococcus aureus, Bacteroides, and fungi also occur, but less frequently. In addition, there has been one documented case of tetanus and two cases of gas gangrene from Clostridium perfringens in tornado victims.

Surgical Harms Postoperative Complications

The mortality of gastrectomy remains high in nonspecialist settings, and appears to be higher in low-volume units (73), in elderly or unfit patients (47), and perhaps in males. Gastrectomy shares many postoperative complications with other major abdominal operations. In addition to the major complications leading to postoperative mortality, there are a variety of others of importance shown in the following table. Bleeding and wound dehiscence are relatively rare, as are deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolus in modern practice, but this remains highly lethal when it does occur. The issue of hospital-acquired infection has grown in importance over the last decade, and the risk of acquiring invasive methycillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection or Clostridium difficile colitis is now a significant problem in many hospitals. Hospital-acquired specific infection (MRSA Abbreviation MSRA, methycillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Differential Diagnoses

To the untrained eye the main impression of an acute lesion is the inflammatory, focal process. The most frequent mistake is therefore a failure to recognize what appears as a common abscess as a manifestation of HS. Carbuncles, furunculosis, lymphadenitis, infected Bartholin's gland, and the infected epidermal cyst are therefore to be differentiated from early lesions 3 . Carbuncles and furunculosis and other staphylococcal skin infections are often asymmetrical in distribution and by their nature they involve random areas of the skin. Upon examination pathogens are commonly found. Treatment is generally rapidly rewarding when topical and systemic antibiotics are used simultaneously. In addition to identifying the offending pathogens in the lesions, carriers or other sources of infection can often be properly identified and treated. Paraclinically, these patients also show signs of infection, such as elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rates, granulocyto-sis, etc.

Colonization And Succession Of Human Intestinal Microbiota With

Group one is lactic acid-producing bacteria including Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus and Streptococcus (including Enterococcus), which may possess a symbiotic relationship with the host. Group two includes putrefactive bacteria such as Clostridium prefringens, Clostridium spp. Bacteroides, Peptococcaceae, Veillonella, E. coli, Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Others are like Eubacterium, Ruminococcus, Megasphaera, Mitsuokello, C. butyricum and Candida, group three. Normally, near-stability exists in these habitats and each person has an individually fixed microbiota as far as qualitative composition is concerned.

Brief Review Of The Intestinal Microbiota

From birth to death, the gut is colonized by a diverse, complex, and dynamic bacterial ecosystem that constitutes the intestinal microbiota. In newborns, it develops sequentially according to the maturation of intestinal mucosa and dietary diversification. In healthy conditions, the human baby's intestine is sterile at birth but, within 48 hours, 108 to 109 bacteria can be found in 1 g of feces (9-11). The bacteria colonizing the baby's intestine come from the environment, where maternal vaginal and fecal microbes represent the most important source of bacterial contamination. However, the infant conducts an initial selection, since, out of all the bacteria present, only the facultative anaerobic bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Streptococcus will be able to colonize the intestinal tract, whatever the diet. Conditions under which this initial selection is operated have yet to be fully elucidated. They are related to endogenous factors, such as maturation of intestinal mucosa,...

VSV Gene Therapy and Vaccines

Designed to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human papillomavirus (HPV), and viruses associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), amongst others (88-91,93-96). In addition, new generations of attenuated, nonpropagat-ing viruses are being developed where the VSV G protein has been deleted. These non-propagating viruses (AG) lacking G, which is essential for infectivity, are generated via helper-cells that supply the VSV G glycoprotein in trans (29,88,97). Budding viruses incorporate the G protein on their surface and are released. Such viruses can infect cells through the highly tropic G protein and commence replication. However, AG progeny viruses, when released from their primary targets, cannot infect other cells because they lack the G protein gene product. In vaccine studies, such viruses have been shown to retain their protective efficacy compared with their wild-type, replication competent counterparts, yet are considerably attenuated (88,97)....

Immunoprecipitation And Related Techniques

Immunoprecipitation uses protein- or epitope-specific antibodies for protein recognition. The complex is then removed from the mixture because it is bound to small beads, usually composed of Sepharose (a form of starch), that are themselves bound to protein A, protein G, or a mixture of both. Protein A is a product of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and binds to immunoglobulin constant region with very high affinity. Protein G is also a product from a Streptococcus bacterial species and also binds to IgG constant region. Proteins A and G differ slightly in their

Urban Services And Health

About 10.6 of the food samples inspected in 2003 by the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control in Kathmandu Valley were found to be substandard. There has been an increasing prevalence of zoonotic diseases in Nepalese cities in the past few years. Staphylococcus, tuberculosis and brucellalocis were found in meat products and salmonella in fish and prawns (Ministry of Population and Environment, 1999). Many food items including ice cubes, meat products,

Spices as Antimicrobials

A combination of spices can be more effective as preservatives than one spice. Microorganisms differ in their susceptibility to specific spices. Gram-positive bacteria are more sensitive to spices than gram-negative bacteria. Bacillus(B) subtilis and Staphylococcus(S) aureus are more susceptible than Eschrichia (E) coli bacteria. Certain spices can act as broad-spectrum antimicrobials, such as rosemary and sage, while others are very specific in their functions, such as allspice and coriander.

Development Of Gi Tract Normal Microbiota In Humans

The general pattern observed was that the facultative microorganisms appeared first and were subsequently followed by a limited number of anaerobes during the first two weeks (20). The types of bacterial strains that are capable of populating the GI tract are regulated through the limitation of the intestinal milieu, which changes with the successive establishment of the different bacteria. Hence, bacteria that are capable of oxidative metabolism, such as enterobacteria, streptococci and staphylococci, are among the first to proliferate in the gut. As the numbers of the facultative bacteria increase, they consume oxygen and lower the redox potential to negative values. These conditions are favorable for the anaerobic bacteria to multiply and reach much higher levels than that of the first week. Populations of bifidobacteria, Bacteroides and clostridia, the commonly found anaerobes, increase with subsequent change of conditions in the GI tract. By the fourth week, the fecal microbiota...

Physical Examination

Etiologic Agents of Community Acquired Pneumonia Age 5-40 (without underlying lung disease) Viral, mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, legionella. > 40 (no underlying lung disease) Streptococcus pneumonia, group A streptococcus, H. influenza. > 40 (with underlying disease) Klebsiella pneumonia, Enterobacteriaceae, Legionella, Staphylococcus aureus, Chlamydia pneumoniae. Aspiration Pneumonia Streptococcus pneumoniae, Bacteroides sp, anaerobes, Klebsiella, Enterobacter.

Pathogenesis And Transmission

Food-borne viral or bacterial disease typically causes a gastroenteritis-like syndrome. The onset of symptoms may be within hours if preformed toxins are present (e.g., Staph enterotoxin B and Bacillus cereus), hours to days if viral (e.g., Norwalk agent) or due to toxins formed within the alimentary tract by bacteria (e.g., enterotox-igenic E. coli), or days if caused by invasive bacteria (Salmonella, Shigella, Cam-pylobacter, and E. coli spp.). Infection with Salmonella typhi may cause enteric fevers and generate a prolonged carrier state. Enteric bacteria and viruses also are spread silently among close contacts, food handlers, and caregivers, making their area of impact even broader.

Difficulties in Interpreting Blood Culture Results

Coagulase negative Staphylococci it can be difficult to ascertain whether a positive blood culture result is truly due to infection with the organism that has been isolated or whether the isolated organism has contaminated the culture medium. Furthermore the signs of infection are often nonspecific. An infant who looks unwell, is commenced on empiric antibiotic treatment, and subsequently is found to have a positive blood culture may in fact have some other problem, for example a patent ductus arteriosus, which has coincidently been associated with a false positive blood culture result.

Antimicrobial And Immuneenhancing Activity

Allicin is believed to be chiefly responsible for garlic's antimicrobial activity. More specifically, it has been found to exert antibacterial activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including multidrug-resistant enterotoxicogenic strains of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Proteus spp., Streptococcus faecalis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa antifungal activity particularly against Candida albicans antiparasitic activity against some of the major human intestinal protozoan parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia and antiviral activity (Ankri & Mirelman 1999). Ajoene is another important antimicrobial constituent, with greater antiviral activity than allien, according to one in vitro test (Weber et al 1992).

Role of Prophylactic Intravenous Immunoglobulin Infusions in the Prevention of Neonatal Sepsis

Coagulase negative staphylococci are amongst the most common organisms causing infection in neonatal units (Urrea et al., 2003). Pooled polyclonal human immunoglobulin has high opsonic activity against group B streptococcus and pneu-mococcus but only low opsonic activity against coagulase negative Staphylococci, and opsonic activity varies between batches and preparations (Weisman et al., 1994 Fischer et al., 1994). Thus, routine use of commercially available pooled human immunoglobulin preparations is unlikely to significantly reduce the incidence of neonatal sepsis that is most commonly due to coagulase negative staphylococci, although it is likely to be most effective against organisms that are associated with more severe sepsis and mortality. The use of a preparation that is effective against coagulase negative staphylococci is more likely to reduce the overall incidence on sepsis, although it may have little effect on morbidity. BSYX-A110 is a monoclonal antibody that is...


Infections are characterized by the absence of clear local boundaries or palpable limits, which contributes to the frequent delay in diagnosis and subsequent surgical debridement. The infections may be clostridial or nonclostridial in origin. The causative agent may be a single organism, most commonly Group A p-hemolytic streptococcal infection or S. aureus, or may be polymicrobial (19). The polymicrobial infections are caused by mixed aerobic and anaerobic pathogens. Many pathogens have been described, including p-hemolytic streptococci, staphylococci, coliforms, enterococci, pseudomonads, Bacter-oides, and Vibrio vulnificus. The clinical features of NF caused by V. vulnificus are different from those of NF caused by classic pathogens when caused by V. vulnificus, especially in the warmer half of the year, the predominant skin lesions are edema and subcutaneous bleeding, and there is no superficial necrosis. Staphylococci and streptococci produce extracellular enzymes that damage...

Acute uncomplicated cystitis in young women

A microscopic bacterial count of 100 CFU mL of urine has a high positive predictive value for cystitis in symptomatic women. Ninety percent of uncomplicated cystitis episodes are caused by Escherichia coli 10 to 20 percent are caused by coagulase-negative Staphylococcus saprophyticus and 5 percent are caused by other Enterobacteriaceae organisms or enterococci. Up to one-third of uropathogens are resistant to ampicillin, but the majority are susceptible to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (85 to 95 percent) and fluoroquinolones (95 percent).

General Factors About Bacterial Involvement in HS Pathogenicity

Systemic infections such as bacterial meningitis, bronchitis or pneumonia are possible, due to the spread of microorganisms 27 . In the case of coagulase-negative staphylococci, the recently found inflammatory peptides called phenol-soluble modulins (microbial products that stimulate cytokine production in host cells) play a role in the pathogenesis and systemic manifestations of sepsis 42 . Polypeptides from Propionibacterium acnes were found to stimulate a specific immune response in acne patients 26 . Jemec et al. 29 tried to detect a specific serologic response to a possible staphylococcal or streptococcal infection but the results were inconclusive.

In Vivo Expression Technology Approaches

Several of these screens identified genes that were already known to be involved in virulence and this observation was considered an intrinsic validation of these (R-)IVET screens (29). An exemplary finding along these lines is the identification of agrA using R-IVET in Staphylococcus aureus (38). This gene encodes a quorum-sensing

The Role of Antibiotics in the Treatment of HS

Hindle et al. treated seven patients with a combination therapy of clindamycin (300 mg twice daily) and rifampicin (300 mg twice daily) for a 10-week period 25 . Three patients did not tolerate the combination, two because of diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile, and three of them responded well and remained clear at 12 months. The combination of rifampi-cin and clindamycin was also successfully used for two other chronic and difficult-to-treat conditions folliculitis decalvans 45 and acne ke-loidalis nuchae 25 . Clindamycin is a lincos-amide antibiotic active against Gram-positive cocci (except enterococci) and most anaerobic bacteria 52 . Rifampicin is a broad spectrum antibacterial agent that inhibits the growth of the majority of Gram-positive bacteria as well as many Gram-negative microorganisms 55 . It is highly active against both Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci. Rapid emergence of resistance when the drug was used alone has limited the use...

Possible Consequences for Bacterial Ecology due to Antibiotic Treatment in HS

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is strongly associated with the clinical use of the antibiotics and a balanced microflora prevents establishment of resistant strains of bacteria 53 . It is well known that oral antibiotics select for resistant bacteria at all body sites where there is a normal flora skin, conjunctivae, oral cavity, nasopharynx, upper respiratory tract, intestinal tract, and vagina 16 . A therapy administered for a long period, as was recommended in HS treatment 25 , will exert a high pressure for the development of the resistant strains of Propionibacterium acnes, coagulase-negative staphylo- cocci on the skin, Staphylococcus aureus in the nares, streptococci in the oral cavity, and en-terobacteria in the gut 16 . Topical clindamycin will increase carriage of Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis resistant strains on skin and there is a risk of transfer of resistance to other pathogenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus...

Antibacterial Activity

Green tea extract has moderate and wide-spectrum inhibitory effects on the growth of many types of pathogenic bacteria, according to in vitro tests, including seven strains of Staphylococcus spp., seven strains of Streptococcus spp., one strain of Corynebacterlum suls, 19 strains of Escherichia coll and 26 strains of Salmonella spp. (Ishihara et al 2001). Green tea has also been found to inhibit Helicobacter pylori in an animal model (Matsubara et al 2003). According to one study, which compared the antibacterial activity of black, green and oolong tea, it seems that fermentation adversely affects antibacterial activity, as green tea exhibited the strongest effects, and black tea the weakest (Chou et al 1999). An in vitro study has demonstrated that 2007 Elsevier Australia

Antenatal and Postnatal Infection and CLD

Other studies have suggested an association between nosocomial infections such as Staphylococcus epidermidis and the development of CLD with 64 of infants with Staphylococcus epidermidis sepsis developing CLD compared to 24 of controls (Liljedahl et al., 2004). Ventilated preterm neonates frequently have endotracheal secretions colonised with Gram positive bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus epidermidis. In some cases Gram negative bacilli, such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, Enterobacter cloacae and Escherichia coli can also colonise endo-tracheal secretions. Such colonisation has been reported to significantly increase the incidence of CLD (Cordero et al., 1997).

Antimicrobial Activity

Garlic has in vitro activity against many Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including species of Escherichia, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus, Bacillus, Clostridium, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Even some bacteria resistant to antibiotics, including methicil-lin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, multidrug-resistant strains of Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp., and Shigella spp. were sensitive to garlic (40). Activity against H. pylori is discussed in the GI effects section (see Subheading 4.2). A study in 30 subjects was done to determine activity of garlic against oral microorganisms. After using both garlic and chlorhexidine, antimicrobial activity from the subject's saliva was shown against Streptococcus mutans and no other oral microorganisms, but adverse effects were significantly higher for garlic (41). Antibacterial activity is thought to be caused by the allicin

Members of the TLR Family Expressed by Keratinocytes

Since Gram-positive skin-infecting bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) or Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi) are known to be rich sources of LTA and lipoproteins, which are well-known ligands of TLR2 homodi-mers (Table 13.1), the abundant and constitutive expression of TLR2 in the epidermis is not surprising 36, 49, 59 . TLR2 homodimers are also involved in the recognition of lipoarabino-mannan of mycobacteria and atypical lipopoly-saccharides of Leptospira and Porphyromonas species 68 . TLR2 also forms heterodimer complexes with other members of the TLR family, namely with TLR1 and TLR6 49 . These complexes are characterized by different ligand specificity, thus recognition of microorganisms through different complexes gives specificity to the immune response. The TLR2 TLR6 heterodimer is necessary for the recognition of dia-cyl lipopeptide, a common cell wall compound of all Gram-positive bacteria, but it is also involved in the recognition of PAMPs of fungal...

Epidemiology of Bacterial Pneumonia in Children

Many episodes of pediatric pneumonia are caused by respiratory viruses, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, or Chlamydia pneumoniae (McIntosh, 2002). More severe or complicated cases of pneumonia are usually caused by pyogenic bacteria, including streptococci and staphylococci, though many studies indicate that clinical or radiological criteria do not reliably differentiate bacterial versus viral versus atypical pneumonias (McIntosh, 2002 Michelow et al., 2004). Lung puncture studies performed in children in the developing world 30-40 years ago identified Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Staphylococcus aureus as causes of severe bacterial pneumonia in children (McIntosh, 2002). Group A streptococci and Moraxella catarrhalis were also implicated in some series. Staphylococcus aureus is a well-known and greatly-feared cause of community-acquired pneumonia in children, particularly in young infants (Rebhan and Edwards, 1960 Chartrand and McCracken, 1982), but has been a...

Immune Suppression and Inflammation

Neutrophils play an important role in nonspecific immunity because they phagocytize and kill bacteria, parasites, virus-infected cells, and tumor cells. The function of neutro-phils appears to be impaired during vitamin A deficiency. Retinoic acid plays an important role in the normal maturation of neutrophils (405). Experimental animal studies show widespread defects in neutrophil function, including impaired chemotaxis, adhesion, phagocytosis, and ability to generate active oxidant molecules during vitamin A deficiency (406,407). In rats challenged with Staphylococcus aureus, impaired phagocytosis and decreased complement lysis activity were found in vitamin A-deficient rats compared with controls rats (408). Vitamin A treatment was shown to increase superoxide production by neutrophils from Holstein calves (409). During vitamin A deficiency, an increase in circulating neutrophils has been observed in some experimental animal studies (410), and this has been attributed in part to...

Summary Conclusions and Recommendations

(B) On the other hand, the recognition of CA-MRSA as a cause of pneumonia in a community augurs poorly for the continued success of cephalosporin monotherapy of pneumonia. In Memphis, Tennessee, the emergence of CA-MRSA infections (including pneumonia) in our community (Buckingham et al., 2003 Buckingham et al., 2004) led us to recommend the addition of clindamycin or van-comycin (to cefotaxime or ceftriaxone) for the empiric therapy of severe or complicated bacterial pneumonia in children in our community. Given the relatively low prevalence of clindamycin-resistant CA-MRSA in our area, we recommend the addition of this agent for the empiric treatment of most children with pneumonia complicated by pleural effusion or empyema. However, in more severe or potentially life-threatening cases of pneumonia (with or without the presence of pleural effu-sion empyema), we recommend the addition of empiric vancomycin (+ - clindamycin). We agree with Bradley (Bradley, 2002) that vancomycin...

And the Skin Immune System

Negative staphylococci, are most frequently isolated from lesions 35, 41 . These findings highlight a possible polymicrobial nature and predominance of anaerobic bacteria in HS, supporting the role of bacterial infections as a possible pathogenic event in HS. Microbial colonization may, in turn, trigger several events of the

Antimicrobial And Antiparasitic

Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, S. pneumoniae and Haemophilus collected from throat swaps of Infected Individuals. The minimum inhibitory concentration of ginger ranged from 0.0003-0.7 fjg mL, and the minimum bactericidal concentration ranged from 0.135-2.04 g mL (Akoachere et al 2002). Ginger has also shown antischistosomal activity. Gingerol (5.0 ppm) completely abolished the infectivity of Schistosoma spp. (blood flukes) in animal studies (Adewunmi et al 1990). Gingerol and shogaol exhibited potent molluscicidal activity in vivo.

Encapsulating Other Organisms

To supplement the E. coli-based assay targets, encapsulation of actinomy-cetes has been used in the plate assay format to produce zones of clearing on lawns of fungal spores. We have used lawns of other prokaryotes in the plate format including Staphylococcus aureus, various engineered E. coli strains, En-terococcus faecalis, Sarcina aurantica, and Bacillus subtilis. In addition, engineered mammalian cell lines were also used in the plate assay format in this way. The macrodroplets can be used to screen clones or chemical libraries against a range of lawns from enzymes to insects and almost anything in between.

Effect of Glycosylation on Viral Envelope Glycoproteins

Schematic diagram of the G protein primary structure. A straight line of 298 amino acids denotes the Gm polypeptide of the Long strain of human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in which the hydrophobic transmembrane region is indicated by a thick solid line (residues 38 to 66). The potential N-glycosylation sites (black triangle), the O-glycosylation sites (vertical line) predicted with the NetOGlyc software (9,12), and the cluster of four cysteines (black circle) are also indicated. Formation of soluble G protein (Gs) occurs by translation initiation at Met48, and subsequent cleavage after residue 65 (27). The locations of Gs fragments partially resistant to Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease and the C-terminal 85 amino acids fused to glutathione-S-transferase, both mentioned in this Chapter, are indicated below the protein diagrams. Fig. 1. Schematic diagram of the G protein primary structure. A straight line of 298 amino acids denotes the Gm polypeptide of the Long strain...

Vaccine Draining LN T Cells

The feasibility of adoptive immunotherapy using VDLN cells was also tested in subjects with malignant gliomas. Two sequential trials were performed based on preclinical studies demonstrating that adoptive transfer of ex vivo-activated LN T cells could mediate regression of intracranial tumors including glioma (36,101). In a major departure from previous clinical studies of T-cell adoptive transfer, T cells alone were used for therapy without concomitant IL-2. This modification was based on findings that systemic IL-2 actually diminished the trafficking of adoptively transferred T cells into brain tumors and inhibited their therapeutic efficacy (38). In the first study, nine patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and one patient with anaplastic astrocytoma were vaccinated with irradiated autologous tumor cells mixed with GM-CSF (Sargamostim) as an adjuvant. Treatment with adjuvant GM-CSF was tolerated without toxicity and promoted local inflammation at the vaccine site...

Health Surveillance

The skin should be examined for ectoparasites. The cecum and colon of mice should be examined for the presence of endoparasites. Mucosal scrapings from the duodenum, jejunum, cecum, and colon should be examined for pathogenic protozoa. In addition, every six weeks, a random sample of colony mice should be tested by anal tape test and fecal flotation for endoparasites, and the pelage examined by dorsal tape test for ectoparasites. Feces should be cultured to detect enteric pathogens (Salmonella sp., Citrobacter rodentium, enteropathogenic Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas sp., Campylobacter sp., and Clostridium sp.) PCR assay of the feces should be done for Helicobacter sp. (H. hepaticus, H. bilis, H. rodentium). A swab of the upper and lower respiratory tract should be cultured to detect respiratory pathogens (Pasteurella sp., Bordetella sp., Streptococcus sp., and Staphylococcus sp J. PCR assay of a smear from a nasopharyngeal swab should be done for CAR bacillus. Serology should be...

The RSV Attachment G Glycoprotein

First, we describe methods for the analysis of glycosylation changes in the G glycoprotein that result from the production of RSV in distinct cell lines (see Subheadings 3.3. and 3.4.). The methods outlined are based on Western blotting using specific MAbs, or on reactivity of G protein glycoforms with certain lectins or carbohydrate-specific antibodies. Second, the influence of carbohydrates on G protein antigenicity (see Subheadings 3.5. and 3.6.) is analyzed by the reactivity of antibodies with segments of Gs. The procedures described are carried out on either glycosylated Gs fragments, resulting from Staphylococcus aureus V8 protease digestion, or on Gs that is deprived of carbohydrates, achieved by bacterial expression of a glutathione-S-transferase (GST)-fusion construct of the Gs C terminal domain. Although a focus is placed on the RSV G protein, these methods may be easily adapted to other highly glycosylated viral glycoproteins.

Stevensjohnson syndrome

Fluid losses occur with skin detachment, leading to prerenal azotemia and electrolyte imbalances. The skin lesions are usually first colonized by Staphylococcus aureus, followed by gram-negative rods. Patients also enter a hypercatabolic state with insulin resistance, and thermoregulation is impaired. Immunologic function is altered, as well, predisposing these patients to sepsis. Skin disorders presenting with desquamation, exfoliation, or blistering are sometimes misdiagnosed as SJS or TEN. The differential diagnosis of SJS TEN includes exfoliative dermatitis, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, acute exanthematous pustulosis, paraneoplastic pemphigus, thermal burns, phototoxic reactions, and pressure blisters.

Valvular Heart Disease

Valvular heart disease of HIV-infected patients occurs as a bacterial or mycotic endocarditis. The most frequent germ is staphylococcus aureus, being detected in more than 40 of HIV-infected patients with bacterial endocarditis. Further pathogens include streptococcus pneumoniae and hemophilus influenzae (Currie 1995). Mycotic forms of endocarditis, which may also occur in patients who are not intra

Pulmonary Complications Bacterial pneumonia

Clinically and prognostically speaking, there is no great difference between bacterial pneumonia in HIV-infected patients and pneumonia in an immunocompetent host. However, the HIV-patient is more likely to present with less symptoms and a normal leucocyte count (Feldman 1999). Etiologically, pneumococci and haemo-philus infections are most common. In comparison with immunocompetent patients, infections with Staphylococcus aureus, Branhamella catarrhalis, and in the later stages (less than 100 CD4 cells l) Pseudomonas spp. occur more often. The possibility of rare pathogens such as Rhodococcus equi and nocardiosis should also be considered in the presence of slow-growing, cavitating infiltrates. Polymicrobial infections and co-infections with Pneumocystis jiroveci are common (10-30 ), which makes clinical assessment difficult (Miller 1994).

Surgical Complications

Infection risks are probably the most feared complication with the use of intraspinal opioids. Infection can occur at the pump insertion site, along the catheter track, and within the intrathecal space. The hardware must be placed under sterile technique according to manufacturer recommendations with the use of perioperative antibiotics and intraoperative antibiotic irrigation. After the initial pump filling before implantation, the first puncture to refill the pump should not be earlier than 10 days after implantation. While bacteri-ostatic filters are present in the pump and the catheter tubing, great care should be taken by trained practitioners to not introduce bacteria during subsequent refills. Meningitis, although rare, should be suspected in the presence of fever, headache, stiff neck, rigors, and photophobia. If an infection develops, normal skin flora, such as Staphylococcus aureus and S. epider-midis, are the most common offenders.

Antifungal And Antibacterial

The in vitro evidence of antifungal and antibacterial activity is overwhelming. In vitro results find that tea tree oil has activity against a range of yeasts and fungi found in common mucosal and skin infections such as Corynebacterium spp., Klebsiella pneumoniae, Micrococcus spp. (M. luteus, M. varians), Propionibacterium acnes, Streptococcus pyogenes, Trichomonas vaginalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, A. baumannii, Staphylococcus spp. (5. aureus, S. capitis, S. epidermidis, S. haemolyticus, 2007 Elsevier Australia

Vascular Disorders Leading To Platelet Dysfunction

Skin, collagen, and blood vessels are essential elements in the hemostatic system. Any abnormality, inherited or acquired, in any one of these components of the vascular system will lead to mucosal bleeding such as purpura, petechia, ecchymoses, or telangiectasia (Fig. 16.3). Tests of platelet function and numbers in these individuals will be normal. Senile purpura is a condition of aging in which skin loses its elasticity. Oftentimes, older individuals will bruise more easily and more prominently. Allergic purpura is seen in rare childhood disorders such as Henoch-Schonlein purpura, an immune complex disease that involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, heart, and central nervous system. The purpura is often seen in the lower extremities. Purpura may occur due to infectious agents such as meningococcemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, staphylococci, or streptococcal infections.23 Conditions such as amyloidosis, vitamin C deficiency (scurvy), or Cushing syndrome may result in...

Disorders of the Pericardium

Acute pericarditis due to infection caused by viruses or bacteria. Viruses include coxsackie B, echoviruses, influenza, mumps and Epstein-Barr virus. Bacterial pericarditis may be due to Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococci or Haemophilus influenza. Tuberculous pericarditis usually becomes chronic. Acute pericarditis can also be secondary to acute rheumatic fever, myocardial infarction, connective tissue disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid disease, uraemia, renal transplantation, irradiation or following cardiac trauma.

Studies by Traditional Plate Culture Methods

The first reports associating allergy with characteristic microbial composition in the gut appear to be from studies in the former Soviet Union in the early1980s (38-40). One of these studies, reported also in English, involved an assessment of 60 under one-year-old infants with food allergy and atopic eczema. It was claimed that the severity of the disease was in direct correlation with the stage of aberrancy in the fecal microbiota. This aberrancy was characterized as low prevalence of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli and high prevalence of Enterobactericeae, pathogenic species of staplylococci and streptococci as well as Candida species (39). Indication that such differences may persist beyond infancy was provided a few years later by Ionescu and co-workers (1986) who studied 10- to 45-year-old subjects. Subjects with atopic eczema (n 58) were shown to have lower prevalence of lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, and enterococci species than the healthy subjects (n 21) but higher...

Parenterally Administered Cephalosporins

Cefoperazone is mainly excreted in bile giving rise to high fecal concentrations and thereby major changes in the intestinal microbiota can be expected. The impact of cefoperazone on the fecal microbiota has been evaluated in adult patients (38) and in sick children (39,40). The Gram-negative aerobic rods as well as numbers of staphylococci and streptococci were markedly suppressed in all studies. Overgrowth of resistant enterobacteria, enterococci and Candida species were observed and anaerobic species were also suppressed.

Establishment of Microbial Limits

Microbial limits for finished products. Maximum 1000 organisms g or mL, and absence of Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, enterobacteria, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in one gram or milliliter of the product. Exceptions are baby-care products, eye products, and products for intimate hygiene maximum 100 organisms g or mL, and absence of Staphylococus aureus, Candida albicans, enterobacteria, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in one gram or milliliter of the product. 2. Microbial limits for raw materials. Maximum 100 organisms g or mL, and absence of Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, enterobacteria, and Pseudomonas aer-uginosa in one gram or milliliter. Limits for water as raw material could be fixed at maximum 100 organisms mL and absence of coliforms and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in 100 However, what must be the attitude of a manufacturer if one of the following germs is identified in a product Gram-negative bacilli other than enterobacteria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci...

Clinical Manifestations

Common, are usually located in the head and neck region and are often periocular. Sebaceous adenomas present as yellow papules or nodules and can be solitary or multiple (Fig. 3). Sebaceous carcinomas can be ocular or extraocular, both of which share a high risk of metastases to regional lymph nodes, bones, and viscera. Periocular sebaceous carcinomas can present as chronic blepharoconjunctivitis, recurrent chalazions, carbuncles, or painless nodules on the inner eyelid and are usually not associated with an underlying internal malignancy. However, because many patients with MTS have a sebaceous gland carcinoma, any sebaceous carcinoma must be considered as a possible marker for this syndrome.

Glucose Grown Remove Glucose

The major problem with EM analysis is sample preparation. EM is not often used for Saccharomyces but it has proved to be very useful for some studies, particularly on the cytoskeleton. The development of antibody localization techniques for EM work has encouraged more researchers to attempt this difficult method of analysis. The method is referred to as immuno-gold localization because it uses antibodies that are bound to gold particles via Staphylococcus aureus Protein A. The surface of the gold particle (about 4nm in diameter) is covered with Protein A, which also binds very tightly to the constant region of IgG antibodies. The EM sectioned sample is treated with the antibody-gold complex under conditions that allow

Age Altered Aspects of the Intestinal Microbiota

As early as in the 1960s, the scientific attention has been focused to characterize the intestinal microbiota of the elderly. In several works conduced in the different geographic regions, reduced presence of bifidobacteria was often observed in the fecal microbiota of the elderly compared to that of the healthy adults, as well as more putrefactive bacteria Enterobacteriaceae, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Proteus and C. perfringens (14-17).

Biosurveillance Of The Healthcare System

The origins of ISCP can be traced to a pandemic of staphylo-coccal infections in hospitals in the mid 1950s in the United States. In response to this problem, hospitals organized infection control committees. Over the ensuring decade, a few hospitals developed organized infection control programs, initially using physicians and then adding trained infection control nurses. By the mid 1970s, most hospitals had adopted this practice. The challenges to integrating patient data for biosurveillance in the hospital are identical or greater than are those for integrating biosurveillance data for public health surveillance. The difficulty is slightly greater because the set of diseases of concern in ISCP are a superset of those of concern in public health practice. Not only must the healthcare system report notifiable conditions to governmental public health, but it is encouraged by JCAHO to monitor for urinary tract infections, pneumonia, multiple drug-resistant organisms (e.g.,...

Normal Microflora of the Skin

Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus Coagulase-negative staphylococci Various coagulase-negative staphylococci are found on the skin and some have special predilection for some areas, for example Staphylococcus hominis and Staphylococcus haemolyticus are found principally in areas where there are numerous apocrine glands, such as axillae and the pubic region 20, 32 . Staphylococcus epider-midis is also an important resident, colonizing moist areas of the skin 21 . It is found preferentially in the upper part of the body and represents over 50 of the resident staphylococci 47 . In addition, any bacterial species that is found in nature or belongs to the normal flora on non-cutaneous areas may temporarily be found on the skin 47 . Staphylococcus aureus is not normally considered a resident of normal skin, but it can be found on perineal skin, axillae, and in the toe cleft. Hemolytic streptococci may be found as transients on different skin sites, more often in children 38 . Atypical...

Allergy and Dermatitis

Contact allergy to chemicals used in ear drops is the most common type of dermatologic otitis externa. Hairsprays, dyes, and cosmetics can also result in an eczematoid and draining otorrhea. If the source of external canal weeping is not obvious, routine patch testing is strongly suggested (20). The autoeczematization (ID) reaction, which is an autoimmune reaction that may involve only the external auditory canal, has been recorded for over 70 years in the otolaryngology literature. Recent studies confirm that this is due to a local reaction to distant fungus infections, most commonly dermatophytid in the feet and inguinal area. Control of the primary fungal infection with prolonged antifungal systemic treatment will nearly always control the ear reaction (21,22). There are other less-common dermatologic conditions that may focus on the ear. Atopic dermatitis, which has recently been found to result from a superantigen reaction to Staphylococcus aureus exotoxin, has been implicated in...

Manufacturing Process

During the manufacturing process, contamination can occur through contact by the operators, the manufacturing equipment, and the air. The micro-organisms capable of contaminating a cosmetic from human sources are part of the rhinopharyngal, buccal skin, hair, hand skin, and, in some circumstances, intestinal floras. Among these, fecal streptococci, staphylococci, enterobacteria, and Pseudomonas have sufficient vitality to survive and even to multiply in a product.

Nonneoplastic Conditions

Osteomyelitis in the acute stages this disease is not routinely biopsied but when a biopsy is submitted material will be routinely sent to microbiology for culture as well. Infection is most commonly due to Staph. aureus but increasingly, low-virulence organisms are being implicated as in drug addicts or the immuno-suppressed. Chronic osteomyelitis can result in marked bone deformity and usually is characterised by prominent bone formation with quite minimal inflammation. The pathologist should always be aware of tuberculosis, which is increasing in incidence.

Pharmacological Toxicological Effects

John's wort has been used topically for wound healing for hundreds of years. Antibacterial properties have been reported as early as 1959, with hyperforin found to be the active component. Using multiple concentrations, it was discovered that no hyperforin dilutions had antimicrobial effects on Gram-negative bacteria or Candida albicans. There was, however, growth inhibition for all of the Gram-positive bacteria tested, some with the lowest dilution concentration of 0.1 g mL. Hyperforin was also shown to be effective at inhibiting methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (25).

Bacteria Found in HS Lesions

Staphylococcus aureus, anaerobic bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis Bacteroides fragilis, Bacteroides melaninogenicus Streptococcus milleri, Staphylococcus aureus, anaerobic streptococci, Bacteroides species Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus milleri, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus hominis Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa Peptostreptococcus species, Prevotella species, micro-aerophilic streptococci, Fusobacterium species, Bacteroides species Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci, enterococci, group B hemolytic streptococci, group C hemolytic streptococci, Bacillus cereus, diphtheroides, enterobacteriacae- Peptostreptococcus species, Propionibacterium acnes, microaerophilic streptococci, Lactobacillus species, Bacteroides fragilis, other Bacteroides species, Prevotella species Despite the volume of the discharge the HS lesions are often found to be sterile 29, 33 , but sometimes a large variety...

Severe Chronic Neutropenia Patients

In patients with SCN, severe bacterial infections frequently occur during the first year of life. Postnatal omphalitis may be the first symptom, but later otitis media, pneu-monitis, infections of the upper respiratory tract, and abscesses of the skin or liver are also common infections, which often lead to the diagnosis of SCN. Blood cultures are positive for staphylococci or streptococci, but other bacteria, e.g., Pseudomonas and Peptostreptococcus, and fungi were reported. In addition, rare infections like a clostridial gas gangrene infection may occur in these patients. The outcome of these fulminant infections is often lethal owing to lack of neutrophil defense. Most patients have frequent aphthous stomatitis and gingival hyperplasia, leading to an early loss of permanent teeth.

Mechanisms and development of antibiotic resistance

In this brief review I would like to discuss and speculate on several aspects of antibiotic resistance and its phenotypic expression in pathogenic mycobacteria which set them apart from other bacteria. The current upswing in multidrug-resistant infections by Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria in hospitals and the community is due in the majority of cases to the acquisition of plasmid-determined antibiotic resistance genes. Resistance due to chromosomal mutation is the exception (although certain 'exceptions' are highly significant, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococci, and antibiotic-resistant meningococci and pneumococci). By contrast, antibiotic resistance in clinical isolates of mycobacteria is due almost exclusively to the mutational alteration of chromosomal genes. However, as described later, antibiotic resistance in clinical situations may be a more complex genotype than was once realized. The genetic constitution of mycobacteria is also a factor in the development...


Ocular management of KCS has three goals (i) replacing the aqueous tear film and restoring normal tear function through the use of preservative-free artificial tears (ii) improving retention of the patient's diminished tear volume by closing lacrimal puncta, either temporarily or permanently and (iii) treating various ocular complications that can lead to scarring of the cornea, such as persistent epithelial erosions, exposure keratitis, corneal ulceration, and chronic staphylococcus infection of the lid margins.


Multiple aspects of the immune system have been shown to be abnormal in Adamantiades-Behget's, including lowered neutrophil and endothelial cell activation thresholds, abnormal T-cell responses (including yS T-cells), increased cytokine expression and immune complex formation, increased Fas-ligand expression, abnormal complement activation proteins, and disrupted coagulation pathways (4,6). The driving process behind these multiple abnormalities is unknown. Infections have been thought to lead to the disease, and various organisms have been implicated, including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and some Gram-negative bacterial species, as well as multiple viruses, including herpes simplex. In most models, infection would act as the initial trigger for disease, with downstream inflammation being caused by immune cross-reactivity (7). This model is attractive, but conclusive evidence for a pathogenic role of these or other organisms has not been found (7). Antibodies reactive against oral...


Heat rash usually consists of a maculopapular, pruritic, erythematous rash over cloth-covered areas of body. It has been noted to be due to acute blockage of sweat glands. If in the acute phase, antihistamines can be used to manage the rash. More severe cases require vigilance, as the level of damage may predispose the patient to Staphylococcus aureus skin infections.

Russsell F Doolittle

Fibrinogen is an extracellular protein found in significant concentrations in the blood plasmas of all vertebrate animals. It is a large, multi-domained protein, some portions of which share common ancestry with lectins and other cyto-tactic proteins found throughout the animal kingdom 1 . Although the principal role of fibrinogen has to do with its polymerization into fibrin clots, the protein also interacts with a number of other extracellular proteins, blood platelets, and a variety of cells. Directly or indirectly, the fibrinogen-fibrin system is involved in hemostasis, inflammation, wound healing, and angiogenesis. Fibrinogen also interacts with various bacteria, especially certain strains of Staphylococcus. Figure 1 Ribbon model of those portions of fibrinogen for which high-resolution X-ray structures are available. Highly mobile regions of the molecule are not shown fully (broken lines), including the carboxyl-terminal domain of a chains (I) and the last 15 residues of Y...

Cutaneous Anthrax

This is the most common form of anthrax seen in the natural setting. Initial infection occurs when an individual comes into contact with an infected animal or an animal product, or is involved in a bioterrorism event. The incubation period is 3 to 7 days, and lesions develop on exposed skin surfaces (hands, face, neck). The lesion initially forms as a papule, progresses through a vesicular stage, and evolves into a black depressed necrotic ulcer (eschar), which is painless. Edema, redness, and or necrosis without ulceration may occur. Regional lymphadenopathy may be appreciated. The lesions resolve slowly over a 2- to 6-week period of time. If untreated, infection may become systemic. Untreated, mortality approaches 25 treated, this decreases to 1 . The differential diagnosis includes ulceroglandular tularemia, scrub typhus, orf, plague, and strep or staph infections of the skin.

Chionis minor

Physical characteristics Black-faced sheathbills range from 15 to 16.1 inches in length (38 to 41 centimeters) and from 19 to 32 ounces (540 to 900 grams) in weight. They have a wingspan, distance from wingtip to wingtip, of 29.1 to 31.1 inches (74 to 79 centimeters). They have black bills, black sheaths, and black carbuncles on their faces. The feathers are all white.


There are no convincing data to suggest that HS is primarily an infectious disease (see Chap. 11). The polymicrobial infection (or colonization) of HS - Staphylococcus aureus, Gram-negative rods, anaerobic bacteria - is quite different from the usual colonization of acne by Propionibacte-rium acnes and coagulase-negative staphylococci. The role of bacteria in HS may therefore be either secondary to some as yet unknown mechanism, or purely secondary once anatomical disruptions are established. HS is not a primary infectious disease yet the initial inflammatory changes can be produced by a bacterial colonization of the follicular area similar to the triggering event of acne. The amount of inflamma


In animal studies the combination of ginseng polysaccharides with vancomycin resulted in a 100 survival rate for animals treated for Staphylococcus aureus compared to only 67 or 50 survival in animals treated with ginseng polysaccharides or vancomycin alone (Lim et al 2002b). A beneficial additive effect is possible but clinical use in humans has not yet been established.

Bacterial pneumonia

The bacteria that are most frequently found to cause community-acquired pneumonia in HIV patients are Pneumococcus and Hemophilus influenza. Mycoplasma is important to consider, particularly in younger patients. Klebsiella, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are other important pathogens. Legionella are rare. I.v. drug users develop community-acquired pneumonia significantly more often than other patient groups. Nosocomial pneumonia is often caused by hospital germs (Klebsiella, Staphylo-coccus, Pseudomonas). In such cases, treatment depends on local resistance patterns and experience (Gant 2000, Vogel 2000).

And Infection

Most infections in patients with severe neutropenia are caused by either aerobic Gram-negative bacilli, particularly Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, or Gram-positive cocci, particularly Staphylococcus aureus and a-hemolytic streptococci (2). In recent years, infections by S. aureus, including methicillin-resistant and vancomycin-resistant species, have been increasing (13). Infections by anaerobic organisms are relatively uncommon, although the microaerophilic organisms of the mouth contribute to gingivitis and mucositis in patients with neutropenia. For unclear reasons, clostridial infections, including bac-teremias, occur in patients with various forms of chronic neutropenia however, clostridial blood stream infections occur infrequently in patients with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia. Clostridia difficile, however, is an important cause of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever in all patients with neutropenia, particularly after exposure to...

The Stomach

The pH of the gastric contents of the fasting normal human is usually less than three, which is sufficient to kill most commensal bacteria (3). However, during a meal the gastric acid is buffered, allowing bacteria ingested with food to survive at least until the pH falls, and thus permitting a transient gastric microbiota. However, where gastric acid secretion is impaired, bacteria can survive longer and even proliferate in the elevated pH conditions. Reduced gastric acid secretion (hypochlorhydria) occurs naturally with ageing (4) and is common after gastric surgery. Certain diseases such as pernicious anemia and hypogammaglobulinaemia are associated with achlorhydria, which results in the gastric pH rising to seven and above (4). This allows a diverse microbiota with up to 109 organisms per gram to establish, consisting usually of species of salivary bacteria of the genera Streptococcus, Neisseria, Staphylococcus, and Veillonella, although Bacteroides, Lactobacillus and Escherichia...

The Pathogens

Staphylococcus aureus has long been associated with infections in children, both community-associated and hospital acquired. Penicillin-resistance which is beta-lactamase mediated, has been widespread for many years. Nosocomial methicillin-resistance (MRSA) caused by altered transpeptidase binding sites was first reported 30 years ago. However, these nosocomial strains of MRSA did not appear to survive well in the community, competing poorly with methicillin-sus-ceptible strains. However, the recent emergence around the world of community-associated methicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), apparently associated with fewer antibiotic-resistance genes and often associated with the production of Panton-Valentine leukocidin and perhaps other virulence genes, has occurred at an alarming rate (Holmes et al., 2005 Kaplan, 2005 Kueh-nert et al., 2005 Moran et al., 2005 Robert et al., 2005). These organisms appear well-adapted to a community setting, and have spread...


Several antibiotics in the oxazolidinone class are under investigation, with linezolid being the first to receive approval by regulatory agencies (see Figure 13.1). The oxazolidinones are protein synthesis inhibitors which bind to the to 23S rRNA of the 50S ribosomal subunit at a site distinct from chloramphenicol and the lincosamides, and prevent formation of the 70S initiation complex (Moellering, 2003). Linezolid is active against a wide range of Gram-positive cocci, including streptococci which are penicillin- and macrolide-resistant. Furthermore, it is active against both coagulase-positive and -negative staphylococci, including those which are methicillin- and or vancomycin-resistant. Linezolid has bacteriostatic activity against susceptible strains of Staphylococcus aureus compared to the beta-lactams, glycopeptides, and lipopeptides. Only limited activity exists against Gram-negative organisms. Linezolid has been well-studied in children with documented Gram-positive...


Bronchopneumonia is caused by infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus species, H. influenzae, Pseudomonas species, and coliform bacilli. It is characterized by patchy consolidation of the lung, which often is multilobar, bilateral, and basal because of gravitational pooling of bacteria. a. Cystic fibrosis is characterized by the production of abnormally thick mucus by epithelial cells that line the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Clinically, this mucus causes obstruction of airways and recurrent bacterial infections (e.g., Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa).


Given the unique mechanism of action, daptomycin is active against many vancomycin-resistant pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci, as well as enterococci and pneumococci. The antibiotic is approved for skin and skin structure infections in adults. No data are available in children. Studies in adults with staphylococcal pneumonia suggested clinical response rates which were not equivalent to vancomycin, raising the possibility that the distribution of unbound antibiotic in bronchial-alveolar lining fluid and lung parenchyma was insufficient to achieve the required antibiotic exposure in those tissues (Silverman et al., 2005).

New Glycopeptides

The glycopeptide antibiotics vancomycin and teichoplanin (not approved for use in the US) have been available for many years. With the increasing need for antibiotics with activity against vancomycin-nonsusceptible staphylococci and Oritavancin (see Figure 13.3), like vancomycin, inhibits both transglycosyl-ation and transpeptidation in bacteria by binding to the terminal D-ala-D-ala portion of the pentapeptide building blocks preventing elongation and cross-linking of pep-tidoglycan polymers during the formation of the cell wall. However, unlike vanco-mycin, oritavancin becomes a dimer and is anchored to the cell membrane by a lipophilic side chain, enhancing binding to the pentapeptide precursor. Oritavancin demonstrates concentration-dependent bactericidal activity. It is highly protein-bound (86 ), which may play a role in the extended serum beta-elimination half life of 200-300 hours, allowing the antibiotic to be administered daily for 3-7 days to achieve antibiotic exposure for...


Beta-lactam antibiotics have compiled an excellent safety profile in pediatrics during the past four decades. Both enzymatic degradation and altered transpeptidase binding sites have resulted in resistance to penicillins, cephalosporins, and carbap-enems. However, with structural modifications of the beta-lactam molecule, both of these mechanisms of resistance in Staphylococcus aureus which produce MRSA have been overcome (see Figure 13.6). Ceftobiprole is stable to the current staphy-lococcal beta-lactamases, similar to many cephalosporins. However, unlike any of the currently available beta-lactam antibiotics, ceftobiprole is also capable of binding to the PBP2a transpeptidase to inhibit growth of Staphylococcus aureus. It also exhibits extended activity against Gram-negative pathogens, closely resembling that of cefepime. It is bactericidal in ways characteristic of beta-lactams, with antibacterial activity based on time-above-MIC pharmacodynamics. It demonstrates a serum...

Sirt1 Orthologs

Regarding the origin of the SIRT1-like gene, it may have arisen from a prokaryotic class U precursor. Although most prokaryotic sirtuins are class III (SIRT5-like) or class II (SIRT4-like), some prokaryotic sirtuins show stronger homology to class I and class IV sirtuins these somewhat undifferentiated prokaryotic sirtuins have been grouped as class U (1). Characteristically, Class U sirtuins contain the sequence motif GAGIS-TASGIPDFR, while Class III sirtuins contain GAGISAESGIPTFR, and Class II sirtuins contain GAGISTESGIPDYR. Class U sequences are present in several Archaea (Sulfolobus species, Haloarcula marismortui, Pyrobaculum aerophilum, and Methanococcoides burtonii). Class U sirtuins are present in many Firmicutes (gram-positive bacteria) such as Bacillus and Staphylococcus species. One of the most ancient of the Eubacteria is Thermotoga maritime (29) it has a class U gene (Fig. 1). Class U sirtuins are present in some a-proteobacteria (Bradyrhizobium japonicum,...


Those who treat children are well aware of the toxicities of tetracycline antibiotics, leading to a general contraindication for their use in children less than 8 years of age. However, as with any antibiotic, the benefits of therapy may outweigh the risks in certain situations. Tigecycline is a tetracycline derivative, administered intravenously, with a broader spectrum of activity than seen with most previously available agents in this class. The mechanism of action and the toxicities, including staining of bones in experimental animals, is present with tigecycline as with other tetracyclines. The antibiotic is not being actively pursued in children at this time, but was recently approved for use in adults for complicated skin and skin structure infections, and complicated intraabdominal infections. Tigecycline has activity against most Gram-positive cocci, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and enterococcus, in addition to demonstrating activity against...

Topical Clindamycin

Clindamycin is a lincosamide antibiotic that is bacteriostatic and works by inhibiting protein synthesis in sensitive bacteria. Its antibacterial spectrum includes Gram-positive bacteria, in particular the genera Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, and several of the anaerobic bacteria. Clindamycin also suppresses the complement-derived chemotaxis of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (in vitro), thereby reducing the inflammation potential 4 . Topical clindamycin 1 , which is widely used in the treatment of acne, is applied to affected areas once or twice daily. Absorption of topically administered 1 clindamycin is estimated to be 1-5 5 . Adverse effects are mostly local irritation, erythema, peeling, itching, dryness, and burning. As rare events, episodes of diarrhea and even two cases of pseudomembranous colitis have been reported after topical clindamycin treatment 6, 7 . One complication of the use of topical antibiotics is the development of bacterial resistance. The number of patients...

Figure 2228

The synthesis and release of glycogen by the epithelial cells of the uterus and vagina are directly related to changes in the pH of vaginal fluid. The pH of the fluid, which is normally low, around pH 4, becomes more acid near midcycle as Lactobacillus acidophilus, a lactic acid-forming bacterium in the vagina, metabolizes the secreted glycogen. An alkaline environment can favor the growth of infectious agents such as staphylococci, Corynebacterium vaginale, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Candida albicans, causing an abnormal increase in vaginal transexudates and inflammation of the vaginal


The influence of dirithromycin on the normal human intestinal microbiota has been evaluated in healthy persons (75). The major route of elimination of the agent is fecal, and high fecal concentrations were demonstrated with apparent disturbances in both the aerobic and anaerobic microbiota. The numbers of E. coli decreased, streptococci and staphylococci increased and there was overgrowth of dirithromycin-resistant enterobacteria. Anaerobic Gram-positive cocci, bifidobacteria, eubacteria and Bacteroides decreased while clostridia and lactobacilli increased during the treatment period.

Test Organisms

As previously discussed, the range of organisms must contain bacteria and fungi. Within these we must find Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria because the structure of the bacterial wall influences the penetration and thus the efficacy of the preservating agent. For the fungi, representatives of the two fungal forms must be used, namely the vegetative yeast cell and the mould spore. The choice of species is directed by their skin and mucosal pathogenicity for cosmetics. Product degradation capabilities are also taken into account to choose the species. So among the Gram-positive species, Staphylococcus aureus is an important skin pathogen, as is Pseudomonas aeruginosa for the Gram-negative bacteria. This latter organism is also able to use many compounds, such as preservatives or even disinfectants, as a carbon source and is very adaptative in adverse environmental conditions even in pure water 60,61 . For the yeast, Candida albicans is a skin pathogen and Aspergillus niger is a...


Parenterally administered tinidazole has been used in order to prevent postoperative infections after abdominal surgery (88). Analyses of the intestinal microbiota revealed that the treatment induced proliferation of the numbers of enterococci and staphylococci. Anaerobic Gram-positive cocci, fusobacteria and bacteroides were also significantly affected during and immediately after the administration period. In connection with oral


Gatifloxacin has been given to healthy subjects in order to study the impact on the normal intestinal microbiota (108). Gatifloxacin possesses a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and the administration resulted in not only elimination or strong suppression of E. coli strains but also in decreased numbers of enterococci and increased numbers of staphylococci. The numbers of clostridia and fusobacteria decreased significantly in the anaerobic microbiota.

NTM Lymphadenitis

Typically NTM infection occurs in young children, between 1 and 8 years, as unilateral, chronic, cervical or submandibular lymphadenopathy. Affected individuals are generally well, apyrexial, with no systemic upset, no local node tenderness and do not respond to antimicrobial agents that target streptococci and staphylococci (Schaad et al., 1979 Panesar et al., 2003). The lymph node(s) is initially firm and mobile, may appear suddenly or gradually over a few weeks, and with time there is often progression to overlying skin involvement with a reddish purple color.


The significance of bacterial findings in HS is controversial. While bacteria are likely to be involved in the pathogenesis to some extent, it is probably in a role similar to that in acne in early lesions. In later stages of the disease bacterial infection seems to be a risk factor for the destructive scarring and progression of HS lesions. Coagulase-negative staphylococci are the most common bacteria found in cultures from the deep portions of HS lesions, as seen following carbon dioxide laser surgery 1 . An extensive review of HS bacteriology is found in Chaps. 11 and 15. Although the influence of bacteria is unclear, topical as well as systemic antibiotics are frequently used in treatment of HS.

Clinical Experience

Distinguishing between a non-infected, highly inflammatory process associated with nodular abscess-type lesions and a purulent discharge and true secondary infection is often not possible on clinical grounds alone. The presence of fever, cellulitis, and lymphadenopathy are helpful but are not common findings. Frequent cultures are essential for making rational decisions regarding the use of antibiotics. The need for antibiotic use driven by culture and sensitivity is even more important in view of the emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in community-acquired infections. The results of cultures in 150 patients with chronic disease indicate a low rate of recovery of pathogens. The most common pathogen isolated is S. aureus with MRSA seen in recent years. In the perineum, Gram-negative bacteria including Escherichia coli, Proteus and Pseudomonas species are found in a small percentage of patients. There results support the view that bacterial infection is not...


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